“We need to be developing standards,” he said.
He stressed that the recent activities in Biltmore and Ferguson were a result of police officers not being trained properly in the proper procedures. He says he has been surprised to find that many police departments have no rules or regulations on what to do in high-risk situations. He believes if rules were set up and strictly enforced police brutality would be a thing of the past.
Another problem is that some departments don’t have the proper equipment. One of his goals as part of this initiative is to make sure that each department has enough vests and that each officer is trained to wear one.
Scott admits, however, that the Ohio police departments are having a hard time recruiting people. He said that in the wake of Ferguson and Baltimore people are beginning to see that a lot of communities are not supporting their police officers. Police officers need to earn the communities trust and not trust just in their badge to get respect. He says that they should all think about having a more personal relationship with the people in their area. They should even think about sitting down and drinking with the citizens and then asking them how they are doing and what they need. But he is positive that being a police officer is worth it.
“It’s a career that’s very rewarding, has a lot of possibilities and a lot of opportunities,” he said.
On May 1st Notre Dame Police Chief Jeffery Scott was been named Vice President of the OACP and was named the recipient of the 2016 William E. Crosier Award for his outstanding public service. The reward is annually given to an OACP member. He was also recognized especially for his involvement in the Certified Law Enforcement Executives program (CLEE).
“I was pretty humbled to receive the award,” he said.
Scott has served as police officer for 19 years and holds a Bachelor’s degree in public safety from Franklin University. He currently serves as Chief of Police of Notre Dame College. His is one of the 1% of law enforcement executives to be accepted into the FBI National Academy. He is one of the 300 police executives in the state of Ohio to earn the designation of the CLEE program. He also mentors and teaches students in the CLEE program. This includes grading their papers and serving as an evaluator for their capstone projects. Scott also serves as the chair on the OACP Publication Committee. He is a frequent author of law enforcement leadership based articles and operates is own training and consulting firm, Law Enforcement Training and Tactical Institute (LETTI).
Scott was born and raised in Ashland. Two years ago he moved to fulfill his duties with the Notre Dame Police.